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SPEX12-310: Exercise Health and Disease


This subject will provide students with an understanding of the relationship between physical activity and exercise in health promotion, prevention (including identification of risk factors) and rehabilitation of chronic disease, the deleterious effects of sedentary behaviour and the consequent development of lifestyle related chronic diseases and disorders (i.e. asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, obesity, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis). Students will also develop an understanding of the epidemiology, aetiology and pathophysiology of chronic diseases and how they relate to Australian and indigenous health issues. Emphasis will be on evidence based practice with specific focus upon physical activity and exercise (type and dose) as a non-pharmacological therapy.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • September 2019 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
  • Sport
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2018: $4,247
  • Commencing in 2019: $4,290

Learning outcomes

1. Identify primary and secondary risk factors (modifiable and non-modifiable) which are related to sedentary lifestyle related disorders.
2. Identify and apply epidemiological evidence which supports physical activity and exercise in the prevention of chronic diseases and as an effective management therapy of chronic disease
3. Describe the deleterious effects of sedentary behaviours on risk factors for lifestyle related diseases
4. Explain and apply existing guidelines for physical activity for apparently healthy individuals and adults with chronic conditions
5. Describe and interpret national guidelines for target levels of lipids, blood pressure, blood glucose and body composition.
6. Identify the basic classes of medications commonly prescribed in the management of chronic disorders and how the medication affects exercise capacity
7. Describe and interpret results of common diagnostic tests and equipment used in exercise training and rehabilitation
8. Apply appropriate communication skills (verbal

Enrolment requirements

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Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/07/2018
Semester start10/09/2018
Subject start10/09/2018
Cancellation 1?24/09/2018
Cancellation 2?01/10/2018
Last enrolment23/09/2018
Last withdrawal?05/10/2018
Teaching census?05/10/2018